FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – Dozens of crews responded to a large fire at a farm store where animals are sold in downtown Fayetteville Saturday evening.

A fire broke out at the business called Family Farm Store on Person Street around 5:50 p.m., according to officials.

“Firefighters found heavy fire inside the structure which had extended into the large attic area,” the Fayetteville Fire Department said in a news release.

There were no reports of injuries in the blaze.  Heavy smoke and flames could be seen coming from the building around 7 p.m.

Officials later said the farm store sells some young livestock, such as chickens and young rabbits, and some of those animals were in the building when the fire broke out.

The owner of the store told CBS 17 that some of the small rabbits survived. The owner and several other people were carrying crates of animals out of the burned store around 8 p.m.

A news release from Fayetteville fire officials said the number of animals and their condition is not known.

Fayetteville fire officials said they had 33 firefighters and 15 units at the scene. The fire department also cut power to the building. 

In a news release, fire officials said they shifted to defensive operations on the fire.

Person Street is closed to traffic from Burns Street to South D Street.  The building on fire is just across the street from Fayetteville Fire Station 1.

No further information was released.